Florida Researchers Collect Human DNA In Air While Studying Sea Turtles

Will Roger Beach

  • Researchers from the University of Florida said a new accidental discovery could help solve criminal activity or find missing persons after learning investigators could collect human DNA samples from the air.
  • According to Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers learned the potential source for fighting crime while studying endangered sea turtles and analyzing sand samples at a beach where the reptiles lay eggs.
  • “We cough, spit, shed and flush our DNA into all of these places and countless more,” the university’s team said in a news release.